VSO Recruitment – Library Advisor

Full time VSO Cambodia

Job Description

VSO is the world’s leading international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty. Working in 24 countries around the world, our unique role in international development is to place committed volunteers with carefully selected organisations where their skills can have the greatest impact. As a VSO volunteer you’ll live and work in some of the world’s poorest communities. By sharing your unique skills and experience you’ll help generate new ideas and new ways of doing things, helping the communities you work in lift themselves out of poverty. We’re not about delivering quick fixes, but instead we focus on long-lasting, sustainable change, that will impact generations to come. Join us as a VSO volunteer and help us work towards our vision of a world without poverty.

Role overview

The Library Advisor will provide on-the-job technical assistance to personnel of the National Institute of Education (NIE), particularly the Library Team. This will be about library administration & management, library procedures, technology in libraries, research, etc. Furthermore, the Library Advisor will support to establish a Volunteer Student Club to assist with the daily operation of the library (front desk, book check-in and check-out, restocking, events, etc.) The overall aim is to support NIE to transition to the newly constructed modern library, and to link library services with innovations in teaching & learning (such as project-based learning and computational thinking) that are developed by other VSO volunteer advisors working in the same project.

The Library Advisor will be based at NIE in Phnom Penh, but is expected to conduct occasional field visits to the regional “hubs” and to some of the 36+ Upper Secondary Schools within the region

Skills, qualifications and experience

Competencies and Behaviour:

  • Minimum Education Background
    • Master degree in Education and/or Development and/or Library-related studies
  • Essential work experience/skills:
    • Minimum of 5 years of professional experience in education and/or development and/or library management
    • Knowledge of library procedures, technology in libraries, and doing research
    • Experience in professional development of others
    • Experience in planning and carrying out a context- or training needs analysis
    • Experience in ongoing consultation and involvement of stakeholders
    • Experience in delivering expected outputs in challenging contexts with short deadlines
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
    • Confidence to represent VSO in official meetings with partners
    • Excellent skills in building effective work relationships built on trust and mutual accountability.
    • Excellent coordination- and planning skills with experience of delivering results under high pressure.
  • Desirable:
    • Experience in and/or knowledge of innovations in teaching and learning
    • Experience of working within the fields of social inclusion, gender, social accountability and resilience
    • Experience of working in South-East Asia

At VSO we believe progress is only possible by working together. Whether you want to join us as an employee, or as a volunteer working in your own country, overseas or online, our selection process includes an assessment based on these core competencies:

    • Ability to be open minded and respectful
    • Ability to be resilient and adaptive to new situations
    • Ability to facilitate positive change and build sustainable working relationships
    • Ability to seek and share knowledge

Equal Opportunities

    • VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce.


As a VSO volunteer, you will be sharing your skills with local communities on a full time basis. VSO will cover your travel, vaccinations, accommodation, and medical insurance costs, along with a local living allowance which will be paid in local currency. This allowance meets reasonable living expenses in country, but will not be enough to send money home. You will also receive some financial support to contribute to your on-going expenses at home.


VSO works with some of the poorest communities in the world which means accommodation varies and will be basic.

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